The Zionist Conspiracy
Monday, March 13, 2006
Haaretz's Ari Shavit: Kadima Must Be Defeated
Ari Shavit of Haaretz is no right-winger. He supports a withdrawal from almost all of Judea and Samaria in the context of a peace agreement, and favors a limited unilateral withdrawal too. But in a blistering column in Tuesday's Haaretz, Shavit absolutely rips apart Ehud Olmert's plan to unilaterally withdraw from almost all of Judea and Samaria, and parts of Jerusalem.
If Olmert is unable to form a coalition strong enough to carry out his plan, Shavit's column may be seen as a watershed moment, in which one of the most prominent and influential members of the Israeli media - and a bona fide leftist - challenged the mindless drive toward ceding to Hamas the heartland of Israel in exchange for nothing.
Here are some highlights from Shavit's piece:
In September 2000, the Palestinians began a terror offensive against Israel. They did this because they refused to accept the Camp David proposal, which promised them the entire Gaza Strip and 91 percent of the West Bank in exchange for full recognition of Israel and an end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. If Ehud Olmert is elected prime minister and implements his convergence plan, then in September 2010 the Palestinians will have sovereignty over the entire Gaza Strip and some 91 percent of the West Bank, and all this without recognizing Israel and without ending the conflict.